Saturday I joined the NYC Urban Sketchers in lower Manhattan to sketch. My first subject was Delmonico's, a famous steak house in the financial district. I liked the rounded front and entrance. This was done directly in watercolor.
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
For those of you who have followed my blog for a long time, you may have noticed the lack of lobster sketches in the past few years. Between the pandemic and the prices on things, lobster dinners at home haven't happened in a while. Last week one of the local stores had a "sale" on lobsters, even though the price was quite a lot higher than we had paid the last time. But both of us lobster lovers here decided to get them for dinner anyway. Of course I had to sketch one of them before he/she went into the pot.
Monday, August 29, 2022
Over in Oakdale there is a very colorful gourmet Italian ice stand, called the Ice Palace. How can you resist the pink awnings and the yellow-green umbrellas? The problem is finding a place to sit and sketch. Directly across the main street is a tire dealer and it isn't quite safe to sit along the busy street. I noticed that there was a pretty nice view from the side, but I had to sit in the 7-Eleven parking lot. I ended up sitting in my car parked in the last spot near the curb. It was too busy there too.
Sunday, August 28, 2022
On Wednesday the Patchogue Sketch Club met at the Sandspit Marina for an evening of sketching by the lighthouse. It was a very windy night and several people tried using easels because they were painting for a plein air event, but the easels kept blowing over. I tried resting my palette on a wall since I had to really hold onto my sketchbook, but it also kept blowing off. Instead I pulled out a folding chair that I had in my car and put it against the wall. I put the palette on the seat of the chair. It worked!
Saturday, August 27, 2022
At the back of the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Oakdale there is a dahlia garden. Along the fence are all different kinds of birdhouses. What bird wouldn't want a house like one of these?
Friday, August 26, 2022
On Tuesday my plein air group, PALS went to the sunflower field at Waterdrinker Farm in Manorville.
It was great to be surrounded by sunflowers! I painted it in a 8 x 10 size...
Thursday, August 25, 2022
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Yes, the sunflowers were finally tossed, and they didn't last 2 weeks like the vendor said. I did get quite a few sketches from them as they slowly drooped.
This was the first one which I already posted. It is a direct watercolor.
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Monday, August 22, 2022
On Wednesday evening the Patchogue Sketch Club met by the water in Bayport. We found a marina that we hadn't been to before. I found this old boat that looked like it needed some TLC. Meanwhile the sky was getting stormier by the minute. It poured just after we left.
Sunday, August 21, 2022
Saturday, August 20, 2022
Friday, August 19, 2022
Thursday, August 18, 2022
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
On Sunday the sketch group component of the South Bay Art Association got together at CEED in Brookhaven for a sketching session. There were only 5 of us who showed up but we had a good time sketching and talking.
There were several raised beds planted with vegetables and flowers. There were a few eggplants growing, but there were very few tomatoes. I think those get picked as soon as they turn red.
There was a table by the building that was filled with a lot of cacti and succulents. I sketched a few of them. One of the workers told me that the plant on the right with the huge leaves is over 40 years old. I thought that was rather impressive.
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
On Saturday I headed into Islip looking for a location to sketch and came across the Islip Farmers Market. I liked that I was able to park and sit close enough to have a good view. The booths were close together so I could put several of them in one sketch. The farm on the left had good corn and tomatoes. Yay!!
Monday, August 15, 2022
Sunday, August 14, 2022
It is a rare thing when I find a local spot that I haven't sketched before. The Island View Marina is along one of the creeks leading out to the Great South Bay in Patchogue. It is fun to sketch places with a lot of "stuff."
Saturday, August 13, 2022
Friday, August 12, 2022
Thursday, August 11, 2022
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
On Saturday my friend, Suzala and I met in Northport to paint. She was already there and told me she was painting a business on School Street. I wandered down the street a little more and found this house on the corner and the garage across the street. Luckily we were in the shade because the temperature was about 90 degrees. I lucked out because the building I was sitting near had a basement window that was releasing some air-conditioned air. A car was parked next to me but the rest of the block had no cars. All was well until a business van pulled up to a spot where it was blocking my entire view even though he could back up quite a bit. When the man got out I asked him if he would be long and he said no. Then he promptly got into the car next to me and pulled away leaving the van right where it was! I ended up moving further down the block so I could finish my painting.
Monday, August 8, 2022
Last week Jerry had an eye doctor appointment for his shots to his eyes. They put numbing drops in and then he has to wait for a bit. I used that time to sketch him in the chair. This was done on blue Strathmore paper.
Sunday, August 7, 2022
The other night when we were sketching in Sayville we came across this very unusual tree. It has clusters of some sort of berries/ and big leaves. It also had large leaves. My friend, Pat used her "Picture This" app which told her it was a Princess Tree.
Saturday, August 6, 2022
The other evening I was looking for an inspiring scene and saw this red shack and umbrella just poking above the reeds in Sayville. I had to stand to do this direct watercolor because if I sat down the view was obscured. I think it was worth it.